Kara LaBelle: Building Relationships to Bring Students from College to Career

Kara LaBelle, a student career advisor in Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS), joined the Wildcat family in August 2013. Her favorite part about her position at JWU is working one-on-one with students. “I love talking with students and exploring their career interests and teaching them how to make their dreams a reality,” she says. “When I get to sit down and connect with an apprehensive student who is preparing to tackle the competitive job or internship market, it is the best kind of challenge.”

As an instructor of the career management course, LaBelle builds relationships with students from day one – conducting countless workshops for student groups and bringing strong results through EE&CS spotlight employer recruitment activities. Spotlight employers recruit on-campus for some of the most competitive management development program positions. LaBelle guides her students and prepares them for these highly sought after positions, giving them the best chance at attaining their goals.

“I uncover skills they never knew they had and instill confidence in students by guiding what and how to share their strengths with employers,” she says. “The cherry on top is when they come back to tell me they got the job. It feels amazing!”

One student said this about working with LaBelle: “Through the effort and care she put into finding out what I really want to do and the time she put into helping me prepare, I was able to secure the post-college career of my dreams.”

When asked which pillar of the Wildcat Way LaBelle most connects with, her response was courage. “It takes a lot of courage for most students to navigate their career path, self-reflect on their strengths, and learn how to articulate them to a potential employer,” she says.” I admire the courage our Wildcats demonstrate by coming to EE&CS for help in order to reach their career goals.”

When LaBelle isn’t helping guide a student on a path to personal growth and success, she spends time cooking and baking. A fun fact LaBelle shared with This Week at JWU: she had a six-episode cooking show produced in her home called “Kara’s Kitchen” that aired on local cable TV. She also loves to travel internationally and explore other cultures. Her dream is to live abroad at some point. LaBelle resides in North Attleboro, Mass., with Paul, her husband of 28 years and has three children.